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Remember Who You’re Not

By Todd Hill I received a text from my wife a couple weeks ago.  It simply stated:  “Quote from Karis: ‘No mama -I’m a BALLER!’”  To understand the grand humor in this statement ,you need a little background.  My daughter has never played organized basketball in her life.  She is a very good soccer player. ...

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What Our Friend Ashley Taught Me

By Todd Hill A few years ago, our family decided to join the Fort Washington Swim Club.  Little did I know at the time that it would change my life.  During that summer, a group of NLD families who were also members at “The Fort” decided we would try to form a home group.  We...

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Striving to Rest

By Todd Hill Have you ever considered the irony found in statements like larger half, act natural, found missing, or jumbo shrimp?  Has anyone ever told you that you are seriously funny?  Did you ever use liquid gas in your chemistry class?  Have you been frustrated by the structure suggested when someone wants to put...

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The Eagles and the Gospel

By Todd Hill Fly eagles fly, on the road to victory! That was the sound of the dozen or so people who squeezed into my living room last Sunday to cheer on their underdog Philadelphia Eagles to a resounding victory over the Minnesota Vikings. There was much jubilation not only in my living room, but...

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Talking Sports and Politics in Youth Group

By Todd Hill I took a deep breath and noticed my body temperature rising a little bit as I wondered, “Why did I think this was a good idea again?”  Another student spoke up, sharing their thoughts as the rest of the group listened. I have held a motto in our youth ministry since beginning...

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Longing for Freedom

By Todd Hill Anyone who has watched the movie Braveheart can’t help but immediately think about the iconic scene at the conclusion of the movie where William Wallace, played by Mel Gibson, cries out in his death: FREEDOM!  There is something about this scene that sears into your memory.  While there is a certain gruesomeness...

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Comfortable or Flourishing

By Todd Hill When Ethan was in preschool, he was told to draw a picture of his family. He did a surprisingly good job. It also was a profound representation of his observation, as a 3-year-old, of what life in our home was like. He showed Young-Mee busily working in the kitchen, and me ....

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A Night with the Julianis

By Todd Hill On Sunday Night, April 2, Angelo and Barbara Juliani came and spoke to a group of about 100 NLD youth group students and their parents. It was especially profound for me, knowing that they had laid the foundation in the New Life youth ministry nearly 30 years earlier. Being fairly new to...